Microsoft KB Archive/40885

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Article ID: 40885

Article Last Modified on 11/21/2006

This article was previously published under Q40885


This article contains a sample Basic program that calls a Microsoft FORTRAN Version 4.10 subroutine, passing a single-precision array. The array is passed to FORTRAN by FAR reference. This allows you to compile the FORTRAN subroutines with both medium- and large-memory models.

When passing an array to FORTRAN by FAR reference, the Basic program must use the VARSEG and VARPTR functions. The FAR keyword in FORTRAN requires that the variable segment (VARSEG) be passed as the first two bytes and the offset (VARPTR) as the next two bytes.


The following Basic program and Microsoft FORTRAN Version 4.10 subroutine has been tested with QuickBasic Versions 4.00, 4.00b, and 4.50 and the Basic Compiler Versions 6.00 and 6.00b. The Basic compiler Versions 6.00 and 6.00b supports the alternate math (/FPa) in addition to the emulation math (/FPi), both of which have been successfully tested.

Both QuickBasic and the Basic compiler can produce stand-alone programs (compiled with the /o option) and programs that require a run-time library (compiled without the /o option). The table below has been produced to show the results of execution with these options.

Note: An "X" means the product worked correctly, and a "O" means the program performed incorrectly, possibly hanging the computer.

   QuickBasic           4.00      4.00b     4.50
   ----------           ----      -----     ----
   Stand-Alone          X         X         X
   Run-Time Library     O         X         X

   Basic Compiler       6.00      6.00b
   --------------       ----      -----
   /FPa Stand-Alone     X         X
   /FPa Run-Time        X         X
   /FPi Stand-Alone     X         X
   /FPi Run-Time        O         O

The following is a code example:


DECLARE SUB forsub (BYVAL segvar%, BYVAL valvar%)
REM ****
REM ** Passing the elements BYVAL is required. The first
REM ** element is the segment and the second element is the
REM ** offset. Using the integer sign "%" after the variable
REM ** names ensures that two-bytes of information is being
REM ** passed, since the FAR keyword is being used in the FORTRAN
REM ** subroutine.
REM ****

DIM heap%(2048)
COMMON SHARED /nmalloc/ heap%()
REM   ** This is used to increase the amount of heap available to
REM   ** the FORTRAN subroutine.

DIM PassReal!(10)
REM   ** Array actually contains elements 0 through 10 which
REM   ** make 11 values being passed in this example.

PRINT "Basic Language"
PRINT "=============="
FOR a! = 0 TO 10
  PassReal!(a!) = RND * 10
  PRINT PassReal!(a!),
REM   ** Load the array elements with random single-precision numbers
REM   ** and print these numbers to the screen.
CALL forsub(VARSEG(PassReal!(0)), VARPTR(PassReal!(0)))
REM   ** Call the FORTRAN subroutine passing the segment (VARSEG)
REM   ** and offset (VARPTR) of the first element of the array.


      subroutine forsub(PassReal)
      real*4 PassReal [far] (11)
C     ** Receive the array into a four-byte real array of
C     ** 11 elements, since the Basic array was from 0 through 10
C     ** which makes 11 elements.
      write (*,*) ' '
      write (*,*) 'FORTRAN Language'
      write (*,*) '================'
      write (*,*) PassReal(1), PassReal(2), PassReal(3)
      write (*,*) PassReal(4), PassReal(5), PassReal(6)
      write (*,*) PassReal(7), PassReal(8), PassReal(9)
      write (*,*) PassReal(10), PassReal(11)
C     ** Display the 11 elements to the screen to compare with
C     ** what was displayed by the Basic program.


Basic Language
 7.58816       6.704937      2.776845      8.669397      5.541911
 .6488597      2.955019E-02                2.157865      1.836764
 3.983537      5.867804

FORTRAN Language
       7.588160        6.704937        2.776845
       8.669397        5.541911    6.488597E-01
   2.955019E-02        2.157865        1.836764
       3.983537        5.867804


   BC file1;
   FL /FPi /c /AL file2.for
   LINK file1 file2 /NOE;

The above compiling instructions assume that FILE1.BAS is the Basic source file, and the FILE2.FOR is the FORTRAN source filename. When invoking the FORTRAN compiler in the second step above, the filename and extension are used. The FORTRAN subroutine can be compiled with the /AM (medium-model) compiler directive.

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